Our current activities include:
Growing Together: Winner of the 1995 Peter F. Drucker Award for Canadian Nonprofit Innovation, this unique program utilizes proven methods of early intervention and prevention and is designed to ensure the healthy development of young children in high-risk neighborhoods. Invest in Kids supports this program in St. Jamestown, Toronto, in Montreal's high-risk district of Plamondon, and most recently in Dartmouth and Cape Breton, Nova Scotia.
| Parent Poll: A National Survey of Parents
with Children under 6: a survey of over 1600 Canadian mothers and fathers of
infants and young children to determine their knowledge, confidence, activities and
parenting styles in caring for their children.
Needs Assessment: Training for Professional Who Work with Young Children: a survey across Ontario of 7 professional groups who work most closely with young children to determine their current level of training, gaps, and barriers to learning key topics on healthy child development.
Effective Services Research Review: a worldwide literature review ranking outcomes in psychosocial prevention and early intervention studies by level of scientific rigour.
Readiness-to-Learn: a large-scale field test to determine the feasibility, acceptability and psychometric soundness of a comprehensive measure of children's readiness to learn."Webforum 2001: A Millenial Discussion On Early Child Development": In Nov 2001, Dr. Dan Keating of the University of Toronto will convene the worlds top scholars in early child development to discuss their work and the future directions of their various disciplines.
The experts include: Ron Barr, N. Thomas Boyce, Dante Cichetti, Megan Gunnar, Alicia Lieberman, Charles Nelson, Sir Michael Rutter and Richard Tremblay
Their expertise covers emotional development, early experience and brain development, biological reactivity to stress, social relationships and the regulation of stress, and normal and abnormal development of competence and coping.
Live on the Internet, the scholars will present their views, discuss their positions among themselves, respond to viewer questions and synthesize their positions.
Their papers and recommendations will provide the basis for a post-conference curriculum on early child development, with support from the Lawson Foundation.
"The Years before
5" Campaign a multimedia campaign
to raise the public's awareness and understanding of the importance of the early years
--and the profound impact we all have on young children.
Get Set For Life: a national multi-media public education campaign led by Invest in Kids, CBC Television and Canadian Living Magazine, supported by Unilever Canada (through their Sunlight and Lipton products) in collaboration with Health Canada, to educate parents and caregivers with the latest information on early child development and to support their efforts to ensure the healthy development of children from birth to five years of age.
LINE: Invest in Kids collaborated with Kids Help Foundation to launch a
bilingual nation-wide, toll-free, confidential telephone and website service, available
hours a day, providing parents across Canada with information, counselling and referrals
to local services.
here to request information and resources for you and your child.
Invest in Kids develops innovative workshops,
conferences and curricula for